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Hollywood should stop remaking classic movies.

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Posted: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 11:00 pm

It's never been more true than with Louis Leterrier's "Clash of the Titans. Let me establish now that I absolutely hated this film. Now that that's off of my chest, let the ranting begin.

"Clash of the Titans" is a remake of the 1981 epic about the battle between man and the Greek Gods. The film follows Perseus, the son of Zeus, who gets caught in the middle of the feud between the powerful Gods and the meek humans. Although in the beginning he denies the fact that he is a demi-God, Perseus later accepts that and uses it to fuel his drive to end the war.

Sam Worthington plays Perseus. Mads Mikkelsen plays Draco, one of Perseus's fellow warriors. Liam Neeson is Zeus, and Ralph Fiennes is Hades. Worthington has been in almost every big block-buster action movie of the last year starting with "Terminator Salvation," "Avatar" and now "Clash." "Salvation" had more problems then him. He certainly wasn't the reason "Avatar" was as great as it was, and he was one of the biggest problems I had with "Clash."

Watching Worthington in Leterrier's remake was like watching a cardboard cut-out of him fight monsters. He was stiff and unconvincing and I certainly wouldn't mind seeing him take a break from the big screen.

The next problem with this film were the special effects. They look so convincingly good from the trailer. Then, after one sits through the movie, the only thing they can say to themselves is something along the lines of "… but the trailer made the effects look good, what happened?" From the trailer, the Kraken looks like a unique beast with a hideous form and color. On the screen, however, the Kraken simply looks like an oversized octopus with teeth.

The character design problem goes for Medusa as well. Traditionally, the Gorgon is a hideous woman and if one looks at her, they will turn to stone. The Medusa in "Clash" is played by, and looks like, Russian model Natalia Vodianova, who is anything but ugly.

The effects in the original were cheesy, as was the film, but the film accepted that and that's what made it so much fun. With Leterrier's version, it was almost as if the cast and crew were totally oblivious to how bad the effects really were.

Finally, the biggest problem I had with the film was the quality of the 3D. The film was not shot in 3D, but converted in a post-production process. When watching the film in 3D, an audience member can literally take their glasses off and see absolutely no difference. This outrages me as both a person who enjoys film in general, and as a movie critic because it made me feel like it was just a way for the studio to milk film-goers for extra money.

All in all, Leterrier's "Clash of the Titans" was just another dull Hollywood remake, and after seeing the film in its entirety, I was left wishing I had looked into Medusa's eyes instead of sitting through it.

Shane Weinstein is a high school student in the Northwest.

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